Sherlock and Victorian Detective Fiction
Instructor: Jennifer Pyke
Course Dates: May 27 – June 30, 2014
Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:15 – 4:00 pm
Victorian detective literature was popular entertainment at the same time that it took on the anxieties and hopes of its historical moment, including those around capital, otherness, authority, domesticity, and theories of knowledge. Through historical readings and current theory, we will examine the double work of this literature. Arthur Conan Doyle and his institution Sherlock Holmes will provide a focus through which we will read influences and afterlives, which may include works by Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Poe, R.L. Stevenson, Hawthorne, and Georges Perec, as well as television and film adaptations and the fanaticism of steampunk. The course will coincide with the new Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City curated by the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and visiting designers.